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Hyundai Heavy successfully test-runs autonomous ship
Hyundai Heavy Industries Group (HHIH) successfully conducted a test run of a fully autonomous cruise ship, which navigated through the narrow 10-kilometer Pohang Canal.
However, an HHIH official clarified that the 12-person cruise ship is not technically equivalent to "degree four" of automation identified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since crew members were on board for safe sailing.
A degree four is the highest degree level of ship automation where the operating system is able to make decisions and determine actions by itself.
In October, local rival Samsung Heavy Industries Co. announced its 38-meter-long, 300-ton remote autonomous ship successfully navigated 10 kilometers in seas under remote control.
Avikus Corp., which led the sea trial of HHIH's fully autonomous cruise ship, plans to conduct a sea trial of a large merchant ship using its autonomous navigation technologies possibly in the second half.
HHIH expects the autonomous ship and the market for related equipment to grow by an annual average of 12.6 percent to US$235.7 billion by 2028.